Virginia Beach, Va. and Corpus Christi, Tex. — March 5, 2010 — The best professional and amateur surfing talent in the United States will converge to compete for a $10,000 prize purse in the scholarship, open shortboard an open longboard divisions. The 2010 East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships, being held from March 26-28, 2010 at the New Smyrna Beach Inlet, is quickly approaching. The event will feature four-man heats, computerized scoring and ASP level judges. Online registration is now up and running and the event is also featuring a free event and banquet for contestants on Friday, March 26, with local reggae-funk band The Burnin Smyrnans beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Smyrna Surfari Clubhouse.
"For the individuals and teams competing for a record amount of prize money, the addition of a free concert and banquet is unique to our event and a great way to unwind after a day of competing," stated Debbie Hodges, executive director of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA). "It's going to be a great event and a great display of surfing talent!"
The Burnin Smyrnans- made up of Jason Wigley on guitar / synthesizers, Eric Christian on saxophone / flute / vocals, Jason Rodgers on guitar, Anthony Diaz on drums / percussion / vocals, and Jeff White on bass / vocals- are quintessential Smyrna surfers, including their run-in with a gray suited local.
“As a surfer born and raised in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., I began appreciating the surfing culture and its history at an early age. The last eight years of my life I've been traveling the U.S. and Caribbean playing music and surfing, with the ocean fueling my songwriting," stated Jeff White, bass / vocals for The Burnin' Smyrnans. "The 2010 ECSSC is going to be insane and we're thrilled to be involved with the ESA/TGSA’s commitment to giving back to the competitive surfing scene!"
Instrumental to The Burnin Smyrnans playing at the 2010 ECSSC was Julie Doyle, president of the Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA). "The Burnin Smyrnans are a killer jazz-infused, reggae-jam band with a great positive vibe, and great players! The Surfari clubhouse is a great venue to host a couple hundred of our closest friends on the water with excellent food and a live band."
For info on accommodations, please e-mail Debbie Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Doyle at email@example.com. For more on the ESA, head to surfesa.org.